The Wealth Creators Are The Topshop Workers, Philip Green Is Just A Parasite


Businessman Philip Green, Chief Executive of Topshop, produces nothing of value.  Nothing.  He doesn’t design the clothes his stores sell, you only have to look at him to see he knows or cares little about fashion.  He doesn’t make them either – sweatshop workers overseas, and here, take care of that.  He did not build his empire with the sweat of his own brow but with the labour of low paid shop assistants, cleaners, security guards and delivery drivers.  And that empire is now controlled by an officer class of buyers, marketing executives, stylists and middle managers whose main role is to keep his exploited workforce in line and promote unrealistic ideals of beauty and success to impressionable teenagers.

Even the government dances to his tune.  He is supplied with an army of workfare workers – his former company BHS was caught out using Jobcentre schemes to get out of paying wages.  His staff are educated and trained at the public expense with bogus apprenticeships that do lttile more than teach people how to make Philip Green more money.  An ever ready to be violent police force patrols shopping districts waiting to pounce if his profits might be affected by just a few pounds – whether by shop lifters, peaceful protesters or unauthorised industrial action.  The social security system tops up the poverty wages he pays with Tax Credits and Housing Benefits.  And if he falls suddenly ill or one of his stores burns down, then it will be the tax payer funded emergency services that come screeching to his rescue.  Yet he doesn’t expect to pay for any this – he pulls every trick in the book to avoid paying his fair share in tax for the services his business needs to prosper.  And they call benefit claimants scroungers.

Whilst all this time and money is being spent protecting his cosseted lifestyle, Philip Green lives like an international playboy, holding glitzy parties that cost millions of pounds and sleazing up to super models and pop stars who he pays to pretend to like him.  He thinks nothing of flying across the world in his private jet every week to visit his wife and money, both carefully stashed away in Monaco.  The man oozes destruction on every level, leaving a trail of pollution and exploitation wherever he treads.  And exploitation is his only true talent.  A public school drop out he started his business as little more then an over-privileged Del Boy, flogging off old clothes for more than they were worth.  He has continued that way ever since.  Green’s billions are generated merely by his ability to cream off the productive value of his workforce – to pay them as little as possible for the work they do whilst reaping huge profits for himself.

At Topshop’s flagship store in London, Green does not even pay many of his workers the Living Wage – the amount calculated to provide the most basic existence in the capital.  Those who rise in the early hours to clean his fucking toilets are expected to survive on a pittance, despite the fact that he could double their wages out of his own pocket and barely even notice the money was gone.  To the so-called wealth creators this is perfectly natural – the people who really generate the money, us,  are expected to spend our lives undertaking ever more arduous toil, living in shitholes with no time or resources to take any enjoyment from our lives.  They want us to never complain, to be positive and hard-working, and unlike them, to pay our taxes to fund the infrastructure that creates the lavish lifestyles of the global rich.  Meanwhile they sip champagne and chortle to themselves that they are getting away with it.  It’s time to stop them getting away with it.

Only collective action can defeat these shameless parasites.  Only by working class people acting together – not competing as individuals – can we bring an end to this ugly, destructive manifestation of cut-throat capitalism.  Just because the official voice of our class – the giant trade unions – have long ago surrendered, does not mean we should give up.  By organising together and using the creativity and skills we have for our benefit not their profits, we can start, slowly but surely, to create a better life for all of us.

The United Voices of the World Union are doing just that.  As a grassroots union they have won significant victories for low paid workers using a range of miliant tactics from boisterous demonstrations to direct action.  Now they have turned their attention to Philip Green’s empire with a protest due to be held outside Top Shop’s Oxford Circus store on Saturday 12th March demanding that cleaners, and all other staff, are paid the London Living Wage.  A new form of working class resistance is taking shape that has no need for union bureacrats, strike ballots or official picket lines.  It depends on the solidarity and support of us all so get down to Topshop,  214 Oxford St, London if you can this Saturday at 3pm.  And please help spread the word – more details on facebook.

Follow United Voices of the World Union on twitter at: @UVWunion

Class War are also out on the streets this Saturday with a walk and talk from veteran working class anarchist Martin Wright discussing the Battle of Cable Street before heading off to the vile Ripper Museum.  Meet 2pm prompt at Tower Hill Station.  Martin’s youtube channel is well worth a look.

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87 responses to “The Wealth Creators Are The Topshop Workers, Philip Green Is Just A Parasite

  1. Those money-obsessed lunatics like Alan Sugar, Bill Gates, Phillip Green and others too many to list are all cunts. The more money they want, the more they have. The more money they have, the more they want. They won’t be happy until only they have all the money and we have nothing but a few scraps of peanut shells left in our money accounts.

    Do nothing all day in a cushy office job and you get bunged millions in wages and perks. Work your ass off in a factory or other and you get fuck all wages from a scam recruiter agency and you are lucky to get one day a month in bonus overtime pay.

    • @Fen
      To be honest, while we might not like Alan Sugar’s methods he did at least work hard to found his company using British labour and he’s also Labour-leaning.

      • @ wildswimmerpete

        I stand corrected on your statement, but I don’t like over-paid nobs in high office or business, especially when they take on workers from around the world instead of from their own country, under-cutting job security and lowering wages.

  2. When Hitler bombed London, his first and main targets were the East End and dock areas. Why? Because his advisor told him this would do the most damage. Why? Because this is where the people who did the real work lived. If he was to bomb Knightsbridge, how much damage would that do, exactly?

    Similarly, we targeted working class areas of German cities. Says it all, really.

    This reminds me of a story from the immediate post revolution era of the Soviet Union. The workers gathered at the factory and wondered how on earth they were going to run things from now on. One of the workers spoke up: “Comrades, why are we worried? If we don’t know how to run the factory, we’ll pay someone else to do that. The old owner didn’t know how, either. He just paid someone else to do it”.

    Funny how people never learn from history.

    • I ‘m in favour of bombing knightsbridge when they are all at home, that way you get rid of those at the top of the establishment who are pulling the working class strings, perhaps divebombing the yachts in Monaco’s Marina too.

      Hitler obviously didn’t want to be rid of the ruling class, he was totally in favour of it, being the dictator that he was, being a christian he wanted to attack Judaism by bombarding the public with propaganda.

  3. All Slavery is Morally Wrong Collaboration with Slavery is Morally Wrong


    Only 2 more days to go of my unpaid Work Placement – THANK GOD. 2 more days of getting out of my nice warm bed at 6.30am and trailing fucking miles in all weathers for the fucking sake of it. 2 more days of mind-numbing stultifying futility for no wage. I have gained nothing from the experience, learned nothing, & done nothing of any value to anyone. A complete & utter waste of time & Public money. Suitably punitive mental torture courtesy of Mr. Iain Duncan Smith & Pinnacle People Ltd. THANK FUCK IT’S NEARLY OVER. NEXT TIME YOU CAN SANCTION ME, YOU FUCKING CUNTS.

    • Santa Hates You

      BOLLOCKS TO WORKFARE – I know that feeling my friend. Knowing that you are being exploited for no pay, that you have no choice but to spend your days working your guts out on workfare slavery is totally shit.

      I had to get up at 5am every fucking morning and walk over 6 miles to this crap workfare placement because the buses did not start running there before 8am. I walked it in rain, snow, sleet, freezing ice – you name it I had to walk in it. If I was late by one minute I was told that they would contact the JCP straight away and I would be sanctioned for 3 months.

      Like you I learned nothing useful except only that I was their fucking slave. I got all the shit jobs the paid staff should have done, but were too bone idle to do themselves. I got no breaks and had to eat my lunch quickly during toilet breaks.

      My workfare boss told me that I was lucky to be offered a place at their works and if I worked hard and turned up everyday there would be job at the end of it for me. Actually, their was no job as he was speaking total bollocks. When my placement came to an end they just recruited another workfare slave instead. On my last day nobody wished me well or even bothered to have a whip round the cunts.

      But I got my own back by *********************************** on their shit system.

      Anyway, good luck in the future.

  5. I’m just watching Richard Widmark in a tame but undeniably erotic lovemaking scene in a 1956 western called The Last Waggon. He plays a character called Commanche Tod. I like very much his portrayal of Tod, his rugged individualism, his ability to survive in the wilderness, through his own endeavours; there’s no way that a man like Commanche Tod would live off benefits, feeding off the welfare state like a hungry newborn baby child suckling on its mother’s teat. No way.
    You know what, we could all learn a lot from Commanche Tod, I know that Ayne Rand would approve of him.
    P.s, the subject who mentioned Phil Green, Bill Gates and Alan Sugar – you weren’t by any chance bring anti semetic, were you? You better not be.
    I must warn you, I will be monitoring your efforts from now on.
    Roger. Over & out…

    • You do know, don’t you, that Commanche Tod is FICTIONAL? And that Bill Gates isn’t Jewish?

      And whilst we’re at it, “Commanche” is spelt “Comanche”. And it’s unlikely that your fictional “Commanche” Tod would kiss the arses of the rich because he thinks he’s a wealthy man with a car on HP, a big mortgage and a SKY TV box.

      Christ, don’t engage mouth until brain has fired up.

      • Heresy Black Dog! Pure and unadulterated HERESY! You are a heretic, Black Dog. And you know NOTHING. Bill Gates is Jewish. Get your facts right, Black Dog, You mangy little pup.
        And Commanche Tod was REAL. He was based on a TRUE character called Micky Free. Get it right Black Dog, You Thick Arrogant Bitch!

        • Thick twat. If he was called Micky Free then how can he also be called Commanche (sic) Tod? Whilst we’re at it, fuckwit, do you know what a heretic really is? I doubt it.

          Gates is NOT Jewish, you moron. Quoted from Wikipedia (which even moron right wing shitheads should be able to find, even if they can’t find their own arse without using both hands):

          “Gates was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955. He is the son of William H. Gates, Sr.[b] and Mary Maxwell Gates. Gates’ ancestral origin includes English, German, and Irish, Scots-Irish.[18][19] His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. Gates’s maternal grandfather was JW Maxwell, a national bank president. Gates has one elder sister, Kristi (Kristianne), and one younger sister, Libby. He was the fourth of his name in his family, but was known as William Gates III or “Trey” because his father had the “II” suffix.[20] Early on in his life, Gates’s parents had a law career in mind for him.[21] When Gates was young, his family regularly attended a church of the Congregational Christian Churches, a Protestant Reformed denomination”

          Now then, tell me, cretin, why the hell would Jewish people attend a Congregational Christian Church ?

          Your knowledge is up there with your spelling, brain power and all round gormlessness. Now piss off and write to the Daily Mail about what bastards lefties are. They even have a green crayon font, specially for morons like you. In fact, for most of their thick as shit readership.

          • Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

            blackdog – Snap !!! Blessings.

          • Dear I Cannot Handle Dissent, there is nothing right wing about a government that interferes with the free market.

            With your infantile abuse, you are qualified to be a politician for Labour/Tories/Respect/Lib Dems.

        • Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

          BILL GATES;

          Early life

          Gates was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955. He is the son of William H. Gates, Sr.[b] and Mary Maxwell Gates. Gates’ ancestral origin includes English, German, and Irish, Scots-Irish.[18][19] His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. Gates’s maternal grandfather was JW Maxwell, a national bank president. Gates has one elder sister, Kristi (Kristianne), and one younger sister, Libby. He was the fourth of his name in his family, but was known as William Gates III or “Trey” because his father had the “II” suffix.[20] Early on in his life, Gates’s parents had a law career in mind for him.[21] When Gates was young, his family regularly attended a church of the Congregational Christian Churches, a Protestant Reformed denomination.[22][23][24] The family encouraged competition; one visitor reported that “it didn’t matter whether it was hearts or pickleball or swimming to the dock … there was always a reward for winning and there was always a penalty for losing


      TIME: NOW


    • paultheswineherd

      Roger – Just as a bit of a correction (useless bit of information!) in radio parlance, one cannot have ‘over’ and ‘out’ (unlike in so many films!).
      ‘Over’ means “I expect an answer in reply” and “Out” means – “I have finished my transmission – I do not expect a reply from you”! – Just saying!

    • “undeniably erotic”

      Careful Roger, wanking yourself off to Richard Widmark movies makes you go blind, you little wanker.

      I, Not Roger, has spoken.

    • Boring. It’s like being watched by the secret police in Nazi Germany.

      “Ve haf vays of making you talk”

  6. Comanche Tod – Roger is a knobhead. Over
    John Wayne – Roger! Roger should be shot. Over!
    Comanche Tod – Roger! I will blast his sorry ass right now. Out!

    • It’s not Western films he’s been watching, it’s the Airplane films instead.

      “Don’t call me Shirley”

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  8. paultheswineherd

    A defeat for the Government – hopefully only one of many to come!
    Not everyone even wants to be forced to work on a Sunday if they can possibly help it. The Tory party is becoming ever more divided!

  9. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    The Tories – Is that the best you can do !! Stick IDS as Roger.


    I don`t think so.

  10. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System



    When his father died of a heart attack, Green was in line to inherit the family business at the age of twelve. After leaving boarding school at 15, he worked for a shoe importer before travelling to the US, Europe and the Far East. It was on his return that he set up his first business with a £20,000 loan backed by his family (or £216,000 in 2014 dollars) at age 21, importing jeans from the Far East to sell on to retailers in London.



      Since Taveta Investments is owned by Tina Green, who resides in Monaco, protestors claim that the couple avoid paying £285 million in UK personal income tax, that would be payable if a UK resident owned the company.[10] In November 2005, Sir Philip approved a dividend payout that benefitted his family via Taveta/Tina Green by £1.2bn, paid for by a loan taken out by Arcadia, cutting Arcadia’s corporation tax as interest charges on the loan were offset against profits.[11] The payout was the biggest annual dividend payout to an individual by a British company.

  12. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    It seems the thread has been hijacked by sensitive Tories.

  13. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    All that shit above needs deleting.

  14. If you want o know more about Philip Green read this Guardian article, it’s more accurate.

  15. paultheswineherd

    “In a national day of action against ‘cruel’ sanctions campaigners protested at 70 job centres across the UK” (Video & article)

  16. Strange coincidence but Philip Green was one of a board of famous Phil’s where you had to ID them on Pointless tonight! Weird! 😀



    BHS seeks to offload pension deficit worth £571m

    British Home Stores, the department store chain sold by Sir Philip Green for £1, is seeking to offload a pension deficit worth £571m, about 10 per cent larger than it was three years ago.

    The cost of paying an insurance company to assume obligations for future and current pensioners has increased by about £57m since 2012, according to a proposal sent to BHS creditors seen by the FT.

    The highest paid director at Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group (TAVETA) received a 38% pay rise, to £1.55m, last year as the group cut 2,000 jobs.
    The director, thought to be Ian Grabiner, Green’s right-hand man, was paid £1.55m in the year to 30 August 2014 according to accounts filed at Companies House.

    LORD GRABINER QC, also a director of the Jersey based TAVETA holding group, father to Ian.



      another red tory by the sounds………

      Then there are his political affiliations. Part of the brave New Labour world, he was made a life peer five years ago but feels no need to toe the party line. The day we meet, he is due later in the House of Lords to vote on foxhunting, and will oppose the Government. He doesn’t hunt but can’t see the point of banning the sport. “I understand that people don’t like the idea of it. But to criminalise something that a lot of people do for pleasure? It’s a perfectly harmless activity.”

      He is not averse to fighting the prevailing majority in the City, either. He has worked with Green for several years and is unfazed by the combative billionaire’s unpopularity.

      “He is constantly stimulating,” he retorts, “and he understands the retail business from top to bottom. People cannot get their heads round the fact that someone might be better at running a business.”

      “If there were more Philip Greens, there would be a lot more efficiency.”



      He was the second Labour peer to resign the whip over the views of the new party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.[15] Grabiner explained his resignation to The Times: “I have nothing in common whatever with Mr Corbyn — and I don’t believe we are ever going to win an election.”[16] He now sits in the Lords as a Non-affiliated member.[10][14]

  18. paultheswineherd

    The ideas set out below are for “illustrative and imaginative purposes” only!

    MP’s & Ministers relax on their benches, whilst in their midst – a killer is on the loose!

    Iain Duncan Smith you arrogant drunk,
    every night you climb into your steamy bunk,
    it’s far too late now to change your tack,
    for the rest of your life now, you’ll have to watch your back,
    no form of security can protect you now,
    just get yourself ready and take your last bow,
    one day an assassin may well take aim,
    and a live round will then make it’s claim.

    • How very witty……………………….
      ……… NOT.


        Private jets from Monaco, firms in his tax-exile wife’s name. Is Philip Green the right man to be helping the Chancellor?

        David Cameron’s Big Society grows ever larger.

        Now, it encompasses a billionaire who commutes to work by private jet from the tax haven of Monaco.

        The announcement that retail tycoon Sir Philip Green, 58 – the ninth-richest man in Britain, with an estimated fortune of £4.1 billion – is to advise the Government on how to save money has certain ironies, if not piquancy.
        Sir Philip Green with his Topshop muse Kate Moss

        Not least because the Green family’s biggest saving is the elaborate mechanism by which it has avoided paying hundreds of millions of pounds to the Exchequer

        Read more:
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        • How ironic indeed Geoff. These penny pinching billionaires are never going to give up their wealth, acquisitions etc, so the only way to go is to have a WORLD UNION that is not in favour of setting a price for your labour, but labouring for the benefit of all equally, a society that does not have MONEY or COST at the top of it’s agenda.

          It will stop the inequality in incomes policies but train people according to their abilities and put them to work for the same pay as everyone else i.e. a safe dwelling place, access to everything they need to furnish their houses and enough leisure time to partake of organised entertainment the caters for every taste.

          What is the need for billions of pounds in the hands of individuals other than power and greed? The working class do know how to organise the means of production because they are the ones that have been doing it.

          I am all in favour of collectivism to overthrow the establishment, but I still think on a personal level we should retain and maintain our individuality.

      • paultheswineherd

        Violet – I can be very witty and I’m glad that you enjoyed reading it!

  19. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    Dodgy Dave Catch Phrases

    What We Need To Do !!!
    The Thing Is !!!

    I am bored with the brainwashing – I don`t care about these rich people that are untouchable – I just care about Disability Human Rights & the rich people are a side show of mush. The rich people can only exist with slaves sorting their lives out like having a clean shirt & tie.

    How you close down jobcentres & WCA centres is let off the fire alarms. They will then have to box up & padlock the fire alarms for misuse which causes a death trap.

    • Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      After setting off the fire alarms that are box up it is called criminal damage of the Care Of duty & Health & Safety putting peoples lives at risk. DEATH TRAP.

  20. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System


  21. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    My job is to set of fire alarms to test the jobcentre`s Health & safety within the work place since the jobcentre is called a work place. I am off the books as a Health & Safety Inspector.




    The Australian Electoral Commission has radically escalated a battle for documents about Australia’s Senate voting system by threatening to have a freedom of information applicant who lodged just two requests for information declared a “vexatious applicant”.

    In an extraordinary move the AEC’s chief legal officer, Paul Pirani, has said he will try to have Michael Cordover declared vexatious, saying Cordover “intended to harass” the commission with his requests for information.
    On 21 June 2012, Numerama revealed an internal document issued by Atos
    Worldline and Scytl, the two companies chosen by the government to
    create the software solution and host the electronic voting, detailing
    the security measures for the election scrutiny. The document was
    showing that certain measures required by the Minister of Foreign
    Affairs and ANSSI (l’Agence Nationale de Sécurité des Systèmes
    d’Information) had not been foreseen by Atos.



      …………..and why did ATOS threaten a lawsuit?

      Atos has required right away Numerama to delete the article, threatening
      with a lawsuit, but with this action the document just got more
      publicity then expected, with its copies already available on various
      servers on the Internet.

      • @geoff

        If they can falsify medical certificates to rob the disabled of their benefits they are more than capable of ballot fixing.

      • @Geoff
        “and why did ATOS threaten a lawsuit?”…..because that’s what ATOS does. ATOS UK has a lawyer who routinely threatens legal action against private individuals who dare to question them.


  24. We will try to fight back but will be shot down dead by the bullets of the soldiers who protect them. Disabled and lying in blood killed by the nazi stormtroopers upholding the law. A better place to be than the place we are in now. The misery all gone with a bullet to the head. Tory eugenics in place killing the infirm and unworthy to live.

  25. Hope that Roger realises that Ayne Rand, spent her final years in poverty, living on welfare, which she coerced her friends into applying for on her behalf.

  26. No to Tory Tyranny as with Nazi Tyranny or Liberal Democrat or
    Slave Labour Tyranny

    Stuff the Master Race Mentality of Eugenics and No to ” Assisted Suicide ”

    Britons Never Shall be Slaves Needs to have some Meaning

  27. Labour is the Official Opposition

    Speaking Up For the Poor and Vulnerable Defending the Welfare State
    they would do the Country a Service

    Being Austerity Stooges they are like Lackeys of Slavery

  28. No to Universal Credit Defend the Welfare State Hands Off the Poor

  29. Shocking it was Slave Labour’s Major Archibald George Church that
    Pushed a Bill in the House of Commons for Eugenics .

    Thankfully it was Defeated

  30. The More Peaceful Protests fot a Country Free of Oppression and Tyranny
    the Better

  31. The 11th of March 2016 AD Mark’s the 70th Anniversary of Rudolf Hoss
    First Commandant of Auschwitz Nazi Death Camp Captured by British
    Troops in 1946 AD .

    This Evil Nazi Beast was brought to Justice

    No to Nazi Genocide then and No to Nazi Genocide and Tyranny Now

  32. Santa Hates You


    In a world were politicians are totally clueless of the reality that is unfolding in the UK, the political system needs shock treatment.

    Cameron and Corbyn are two sides of the same coin. Both will do nothing about the Philip Green’s of this world as they know only too well that they are well protected, unlike the rest of us, by their status, wealth and party structures.

    The rest of us are simply there to be exploited big style. We have been fucked over in the arse by Workfare, Atos, Bankers, the Neo Cons, the City, and the multinational corporations like Google. One only needs to look at the lack of tax these scumbags pay into the system to realise how unequal our society really is.

    Philip Green knows that the system works for people like him and therefore will carry on shafting it for all it is worth. If a benefits claimant did 1% of what Green did wrong then they would be sanctioned for life.

    JV – this is the reality of modern Britain in 2016.

  33. lol at Rich, Famous and Homeless. One the the first mentions on the credits was “Security – STI Consultants” lol How many rough sleepers have STI Security to watch their back. As if Julia Bradbury, Nick Hancock and the other forget-their-names was ever in any danger. And are we meant to believe that Julia Bradbury didn’t have a ‘freshen up’ lol One of the guys did take a night off in an hotel on-screen though. And what the fuck was Lord Birdshit doing in this?

  34. According to Radio 4’s You and Yours Morrisons, the supermarket has it’s own abattoirs!

  35. Another Fine Recession

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  37. Yea.. Class War… Destroy all wealth producers so we can live like gypsies crapping in the fields of some poor sucker who owns some land. These owners of property are parasites and cunts. They all deserve to have their land crapped on and once we have destroyed them all we can go back to the good old days, just like Robin Hood. Obviously we won’t be able to afford mobile phones or motorised transport, unless we steal it off some rich bastard, but it will be great. The strong will rule and those thrifty intelligent tossers will be rotting in the woods.. Class War – bring it on.

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